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obama in his first post-election comment will address the nation's fiscal problems. susan mcginnis is in washington with more on all of this. >> reporter: good morning. you know, not everyone believes that the consequences of going over this fiscal cliff are going to be so severe. people are talking about a global financial crisis, another u.s. credit downgrade. those who do say there absolutely has to be a compromise. shortly after the confetti fell on election night both sides claimed victory in their vision of how to deal with the economy. >> there was a message sent to us by the american people based on the campaign. people making all this money have to contribute a little bit more. >> the american people made clear there's still a mandate for raising tax rates. >> reporter: president obama won the election on the idea that the wealthiest americans should pay more in taxes. a new study said the president's plan would increase revenue and slow economic growth by a tenth of a percent. >> good afternoon, everyone. >> reporter: republicans point to a different study. >> the in acco
on the petraeus affair said there was no security breach or threat to national security. susan mcginnis is in washington. susan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. general petraeus may be asked about this extramarital affair but the focus today is on benghazi. petraeus went to libya after the killings and these leaders believe he has specific information no one else can offer. former cia director david petraeus is headed to capitol hill this morning to talk about the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. congressional leaders say he has a unique insight. >> director petraeus went to tripoli, he interviewed many of the people as i understand it that were involved. >> reporter: house senate intelligence members spent thursday interviewing officials. they were shown a video taken from cameras and drones flying overhead. >> it begins from when the incident, before the incident started and it goes through the incident. and the exodus. >> reporter: members still have questions. there's new information out of thursday's congressional hearing. lawmakers said it was confirmed to them
. >>> reporter danielle nottingham is live at the obama campaign headquarters in chicago. susan mcginnis is at romney headquarters in boston and ladies, welcome, good evening. it looks like we have a study in contrasts. mitt romney working the campaign trail in pennsylvania, president obama sitting back doing broadcast interviews, playing a game of basketball. danielle, is he confident or just out of gas? >> reporter: well, derrick, the president says he's confident that he will walk away with a victory tonight. we just got word that he did another round of interviews with tv stationness battleground states like colorado and wisconsin. the republicans know this will be a close race and they want to use every moment they can to encourage their supporters to cast a ballot, derek. >> one of those gop predictions that states in play like pennsylvania could be in play, that romney will steal votes? >> reporter: their concern isn't that great. they feel like they've done a good job in the ground game in the states they can control of the big states are looking at virginia, ohio and florida.
that susan mcginnis is covering for us right now. susan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the overriding concern amid this sex scandal are the national security implications here and today house intelligence leaders are meeting with the acting cia director to try to find out who knew what when. campus socialite jill kelly has moved to the center of the scandal which has taken down former general and cia director david petraeus and could ruin the career of another general john allen. allen is now under investigation because of his relationship with kelly. the pentagons looking at more than 20,000 documents and emails between them which some have labeled inappropriate and flirtatious. kelly initiated an fbi investigation after receiving threatening emails later linked to paul jo broadwell, petraeus biographer and mistress. general allen's nomination to be the next commander of u.s. forces european command and nato's supreme allied commander is in doubt. >> his nomination has been put on hold as a prudent measure until we determine what the facts are. >> reporter: despite pr
on an intense final day blitz of those critical states. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this is it. these two candidates have one more day to make their promises attack each other, they got to be tired but looking at them over the weekend they are still going strong. president obama did a little dance in cincinnati where stevie wonder introduced him. also in ohio mitt romney talked about the president's chances of winning. >> it's possible but not likely. >> reporter: the candidates have been burning up jet fuel crisscrossing the country. on sunday president obama was in new hampshire, florida, ohio and colorado. >> i know a bunch of you already voted. but if you haven't, there's still time. >> reporter: today he'll hit more swing states with ohio, wisconsin and iowa before heading home to chicago. >> after we've been through together, we can't give up now. >> reporter: mitt romney's bonanza included, ohio, indiana, iowa and pennsylvania. today he'll visit florida, ohio, virginia and new hampshire. >> if you're tired of being tired, not just t
. bringing housing, retail and transportation together in the coming years neighborhood in rubble. cbs susan mcginnis on >>> a massive explosion that can be felt for miles left much of an indianapolis neighborhood in rubble. >> an explosion leveled homes killing at least two people and injuring several others. the force of the blast knocked garage doors off and sidings off of houses. >> there are homes that will be torn down and there are homes that can be inhabited in the next day or so. we are examining each and every one of them. >> the damage is massive. spanning two blocks in every direction. >> this house is let's than 100 -- less than 100 feet from the site of the explosion. one of the homes that caught fire. people say they felt the blast as far as three milessa away. >> it looked -- miles away. >> it looked like a war zone. >> sitting here watching tv and next thing you know, loud explosion, the house shook. things falling off of the walls. >> reporter: kirk and others ran outside to help. >> we heard people yelling. we want in. pulled out two daughters and then the head was trapp
, there are -- 4:37, now, there are just five weeks until america goes over the fiscal cliff. susan mcginnis is in washington with what republicans and democrats now say they are willing to do to reach a deal. >> reporter: president obama and congress begin negotiations this week to avoid are the coming fiscal cliff, about $6 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts that will kick in. both sides say they're looking for ways to compromise. >> that's what it's about, if regan and o'neill can do it, obama should be able to do it. >> reporter: but republicans have consistently voted against any deal that raises tax revenue. >> the key is whether or not the republicans will move away from the id logically rigid tradition which was the grove pledge that they will not go for additional revenue. >> reporter: for the first time the antitax pledge seems to be negotiable. >> when you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid the coming grief and republicans should put revenue on the table. >> reporter: but new revenue doesn't necessarily mean new taxes. >> i w
. susan mcginnis is with the romney campaign at its head quarters in boston. spew on the, a littlable -- sueson, a little bit about the move there. >> reporter: well, it's pretty upbeat so far. the -- the convention center here just opened up to guests and there are about 5,000 potential guests here and about 1200 of them are the media. among this people that you talk to here of course these are owl romney supporters and donors, very very upbeat that they do have this -- this infamous task to the electoral college that many say obama has the advantage in. but they do feel optimistic that governor romney can pull this off tonight although not everybody is very optimistic that we will hear a result tonight. a lot of people are betting on close to midday tomorrow to learn the final results. obviously tonight we will get exit polls and probability. >> what about ohio? again those last-minute trips there. and the possibility of maybe an upset in pennsylvania, is there talk of that? >> reporter: yeah, there's a lot of talk about there are there's a lot of -- there's a lot of talk about ohio
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. tomorrow they will hear from david petraeus. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. >> reporter: this is something congressional leaders have been calling for and now general petraeus will be here on capitol hill. his input is seen as critical regarding the attacks in benghazi and also he's expected to asked about his affair and that fbi investigation. after calls by congressional leadership former cia director david petraeus will testify before congress tomorrow about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. petraeus was scheduled to testify today before a house intelligence committee but those plans changed after he resigned following his admission of an affair with his biographer paula broadwell. bengazhi is at the center of another capitol hill battle. senate republicans say they will not accept the nomination of u.n. ambassador susan rice as a replacement for secretary of state hillary clinton. >> we'll do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> reporter: senators john mccain and lindsey graham said rice was either lyin
. peace efforts are under way in cairo. susan mcginnis is in washington watching it all this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, terrell. the big worry now is a ground invasion on the part of israel and that is something that washington and other nations are working to keep from happening. a bomb shook gaza city awake monday morning. the abbas headquarters was just one of 80 sites the israeli military says it targeted in overnight attacks. palestinian officials say two adults and two children were killed in the early morning bombing. dozens more are missing, presumed buried under the rubble. this sixth day of air strikes follows an israeli offensive sunday that led to the deadliest day of attacks yet, at least 29 palestinians were killed, including four children when a bomb hit this apartment building. israeli officials say hamas is using civilian buildings as cover to launch rockets across the border. in tel aviv, people on the street ran for cover when sirens signaled an approaching rocket. israel's iron-dome defense system has intercepted more than 240
twin sister in a custody battle. it's turning into a mess that susan mcginnis is covering for us right now. susan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the overriding concern amid this sex scandal are the national security implications here and today house intelligence leaders morell a leading candidate to replace petraeus at the cia. now paula broadwell and jill kelly two women involved here are not making any statements to the press so far. general allen is considering making a statement. >> susan mcginnis in washington this morning. >>> jill kelley is well-known in social circles for her work with the military community. kelly and her husband often hosted parties for officers and their families. she was given an honorary ambassadorship for her work. over the weekend she made a call to 911 complaining about a reporter near her property claiming she was a diplomat. >> i have vulnerability, they should not be able to stalk my property. >> the state department says kelly has no formal affiliation with it and the u.s. central command in tampa says she has no official position with it
spending and the end of congressional control over the debt ceiling. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, terrell, good morning. the president's opening salvo there was not well received by republicans. they balked at his plan. he's taking his message to middle class americans at a factory that makes toys. it's a trip republicans are calling an irritant. president obama leaves the white house this morning to head to a toy factory in pennsylvania. he'll tell americans the fiscal cliff will cause holiday shopping to plummet. >> let's give a christmas present to the american people. >> reporter: but the mood here on capitol hill is anything but festive. both sides say the tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at year end are unacceptable, they just don't believe each other. >> members of his own party seem quite comfortable of sending the economy over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: the president sent timothy geithner to the hill with had $4 trillion plan. it includes 1.6 trillion in new taxes on upper income americans. 400 billion in cut
attacks in the middle east, a cease-fire is now in effect for israel and hamas in gaza. but as susan mcginnis reports, more work needs to be done if the truce is going to last. >>> reporter: shops are re- opening and clean-up is under way in gaza. the city suffered massive damage during a bloody eight- day rocket war between israel and hamas. under the cease-fire agreement, hamas promises to stop firing rockets. israel says it will end air strikes and will ease border restrictions that have stifled gaza's economy for years. israeli troops that had been poised for a possible ground war pulled back this morning. in tel aviv, most israelis were also happy to hear the news. >> i would like to believe that not fighting will always do more good than fighting. but i'm very happy to hear that. >> reporter: egypt's new islamist government was the driving force behind the negotiations to end the conflict with diplomatic help from secretary of state hillary clinton. clinton spent two days shuttling between jerusalem, the west bank and cairo. >> people of this region deserve the chance to live free from
. here's susan mcginnis with a look at where they will campaign on this election eve. >>> reporter: president obama did a little dance in cincinnati where stevie wonder introduced him. also at ohio, mitt romney talked about the president's chances of winning. >> it's possible but not likely. >> reporter: the candidates have been burning up jet fuel crisscrossing the country. on sunday, president obama was in new hampshire, florida, ohio and colorado. >> i know a bunch of you already voted. >> yeah! >> but if you haven't, there's still time. >> reporter: today, he will hit more swing states, wisconsin, iowa and ohio before heading home to chicago for election day. >> after all we've been through together, we can't give up now. >> reporter: mitt romney's battleground bonanza sunday included iowa, ohio, virginia and pennsylvania. >> we're taking back the white house because we're going to win pennsylvania! >> reporter: today he will visit florida, ohio, virginia and new hampshire. >> if you are tired of being tired, not just tonight but all the time... >> reporter: both candidates sa
to return many homes in that neighborhood are beyond repair. susan mcginnis reports. >> reporter: crews picked through the rubble of two homes levelled in an explosion in indianapolis. they are trying to determine what caused the powerful blast that killed two people and injured several others. >> the house probably felt like it moved a foot or so. and all we could do was get out of here. >> reporter: officials say the explosion damaged 80 homes and dozens are damaged enough that they may have to be torn down. the fiery blast around 11:00 saturday night left neighbors shocked. >> watching tv and next thing we know we hear this loud explosion and the whole house shook. things falling off the walls. >> reporter: about 200 people were forced to evacuate while firefighters battled the flames that had spread to other homes. this house is about 100 feet away from the site of the explosion, one of the homes that caught fire. people say they felt the blast as far as three miles away. >> the house felt like it was my chest was shaking. it felt like -- there's nothing you've ever experienced. >>
growing. susan mcginnis reports it will be a big issue on capitol hill today. >>> reporter: the sex scandal that brought down former cia director david petraeus and is now enveloping another top u.s. general moves to capitol hill today. house intelligence leaders will ask fbi deputy director sean joyce and acting cia director michael morele about the events that led to david petraeus's resignation as head of the spy agency. petraeus left the job when news of an affair with his biographer paula broadwell became public. >> did you have any indication -- [overlapping speakers] >> reporter: tampa socialite jill kelly initiated the resignation that led to his resignation after receiving e- mails linked to broadwell and kelley is connected to another general as well america's top commander in afghanistan general john allen. the pentagon look is at more than 20,000 documents and e- mails between allen and kelley which some have labeled inappropriate and flirtatious. >> no one should leap to any conclusions. >> reporter: general allen's nomination to be the next leader of u.s. forces europe
to investigate the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. as susan mcginnis reports, the witness list now includes former cia director david petraeus. >>> reporter: after calls by congressional leadership, former cia director david petraeus will testify before congress tomorrow about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> good luck, sir. >> thank you. >> reporter: petraeus was scheduled to testify today before a house intelligence committee but those plans changed after he resigned following his admission of an affair with his biographer, paula broadwell. benghazi is at the center of another capitol hill battle. senate republicans say they will not accept the nomination of u.n. ambassador susan rice as a replacement for secretary of state hillary clinton. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> reporter: senators john mccain and lindsey graham say rice was either lying or incompetent when she made this statement five days after the attack. >> we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned. >> r
. >>> former cia director david petraeus will be in the hot seat on capitol hill today. as susan mcginnis reports, the general will tell house and senate committees what he knows about september's deadly conditions lat attack in libya. >>> reporter: former cia director david petraeus is headed to capitol hill this morning to talk about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. congressional leaders say he has a unique insight into the attack. >> director petraeus went to tripoli and interviewed many of the people as i understand it that were involved. >> reporter: house and senate intelligence committee members spent thursday interviewing top military and intelligence officials. they were also shown a video taken from surveillance cameras from the consulate and from drones flying overhead. >> it does begin from when the incident -- before the incident started and goes through the incident and the exodus. >> reporter: but as thorough as thursday's briefing was, members still have a lot of questions. >> we're going to continue to work to get those answers. >> reporter: and there's new i
week and in israel three civilians have been killed by rockets launched by hamas. cbs reporter susan mcginnis has more on the attacks and efforts to encourage a cease-fire. >>> reporter: bombs shook gaza city awake monday morning. the israeli air force targeted another 80 sites during overnight and morning bombing. the military says it targeted weapons storage facilities and police stations. hamas says israel is killing civilians. this sixth day of air strike follows an israeli offense on sunday leading to the deadliest day of attacks yesterday. at least 29 palestinians were killed including four children when a bomb hit this apartment building. israeli officials say hamas is using civilian buildings as cover to launch rockets across the border. in tel aviv, people on the street ran for cover when sirens signaled an approaching rocket. israel's iron dome defense system has intercepted more than 240 rockets. during a trip to asia, president obama warned israel about expanding into a ground war but he defended israel's fighting back. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles r
by rockets launched by hamas. susan mcginnis has more on the attacks and now efforts to encourage a cease-fire. >>> reporter: bombs shook gaza city awake monday morning. the israeli air force targeted another 80 sites during overnight and morning bombing. the military says it targeted weapons storage facilities and police stations. hamas says israel is killing civilians. this sixth day of air strike follows an israeli offense on sunday leading to the deadliest day of attacks yesterday. at least 29 palestinians were killed including four children when a bomb hit this apartment building. israeli officials say hamas is using civilian buildings as cover to launch rockets across the border. in tel aviv, people on the street ran for cover when sirens signaled an approaching rocket. israel's iron dome defense system has intercepted more than 240 rockets. during a trip to asia, president obama warned israel about expanding into a ground war but he defended israel's fighting back. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. >>
in israel remains just at 3. susan mcginnis has more on the efforts to end the violence. >>> reporter: hamas in gaza issued the call for morning prayers today even as bombs and missiles rained down around them. the israeli military says it hit about 100 terror sites overnight including the islamic national bank in gaza city that israel says is used to fund terror operations. hamas militants have launched more than 1,000 rockets into israel during the week-long battle. palestinian officials say 38 more people were killed monday including women and children. israel says it's time to minimize civilian casualties. >> the problem is the terrorists are hiding these rocket launchers deep inside civilian areas and mosques and schools and people's homes, firing them at our civilians. it's very hard to get to the equipment but it's necessary. >> reporter: president obama is sending secretary of state hillary clinton to israel to help with cease-fire negotiations. she will arrive today and meet with israeli prime minister netanyahu tomorrow. >> our bottom line is peaceful outcome has to include an end
they say were collaborating israel and dragged one body behind a motorcycle. susan mcginnis is watching all of this. >> reporter: good morning. once again there were signs of a deal and, again, they slipped away. now in cairo, secretary clinton will meet with officials who are in contact with hamas and now talking about a deal she says in the days ahead. as truce talks continue so does the violence. this is what cbs reporter charlie d'agata saw from his gaza city hotel early this morning. the israeli military launched dozens of air strikes overnight and this morning. and hamas militants have launched more than 100 rockets into israel in the past 24 hours. five israelis and more than 100 palestinians have died in the past eight days. >> we are in a battle to save lives. >> reporter: really prime minister benjamin netanyahu met with secretary of state hillary clinton on tuesday night saying israel is hoping for peaceful to end the fighting. >> this is a possibility of achieving a long term solution to this problem through diplomatic means we prefer that. >> reporter: clinton assured israel of
them last week. here's more now from cbs reporter susan mcginnis. >>> reporter: a bomb destroyed a bus in tel aviv, israel, wednesday. the blast blew out the windows and wounded at least 10 people. investigators don't yet know if the bombing is connected to the battle being waged in the gaza strip. hamas and israel continue their aerial assault on each other. hamas has launched more than 200 rockets in the past 24 hours and israel bombed dozens of targets overnight. >> we are in a battle to save lives. >> reporter: israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu met with secretary of state hillary clinton tuesday night. he says israel is hoping for a peaceful end to the fighting. >> if there's a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to had problem through diplomatic means, we prefer that. >> reporter: clinton assured israel of u.s. support. >> the rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside gaza on israeli cities and towns must end. >> reporter: secretary clinton met with palestinian leader mahmoud abbas this morning and will lead are egyptian president mohamed morsi later tod
a 24 hour cooling off period talks will resume on key issues like the israeli blockade. susan mcginnis starts us off in washington this morning. good morning to you. happy thanksgiving. >> reporter: good morning. happy thanksgiving. this is a very tenuous cease-fire. deep mistrusts remain on both sides. it feels like both sides have their finger on the trigger. residents are gathering their belongings and heading home. many took refuge in a united nations shelter while israel and the militant group hamas spent eight days in a bloody conflict. under the cease-fire agreement hamas promises to stop firing rockets. israel says it will end air strikes and will ease border restrictions that have stifled gaza's economy for years. after a deal was reached the residents poured into the streets of gaza, cheers and celebratory gunshots replaced the sounds of gunfire. in tel aviv most israelis were happy to hear the news. >> i would like to believe that no fighting is always more good than fighting. >> reporter: egypt's new islamist government was the driving force behind the negotiations to end t
-fire. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest this morning. good morning. >> reporter: talking about jihad being obligatory for muslims, an example of the conflicting messages that regularly come out of the brotherhood but for now the 24 hour cooling off period has passed and this uneasy peace is holding. two border crossings between gaza and egypt are open again. palestinians forced to remain in gaza when the fighting broke out can return to jobs and families abroad. travel restrictions into israel are also expected to ease. this man says thank god for the first time we have victory and we make the rules. but the israelis are also claiming victory. following the deadly eight day conflict with hamas. hamas promised it would stop firing rockets into israel, saving israel from having to launch a ground war. one israeli commander warns, though, his troops will be ready if needed. >> gaza will be a quiet place. if the terrorist organizations re-operate from gaza the future is war. >> reporter: president obama stood by israel during the fighting and still does. his administration is now p
and hamas agreed to a cease-fire but it appears to be an isolated incident. here's susan mcginnis with more on how both sides are trying to get back to normal. >>> reporter: two border crossings between gaza and egypt are open again. palestinians forced to remain in gaza when the fighting broke out can return to jobs and families abroad. travel restrictions into israel are also expected to ease. [ non-english language ] >> reporter: this man says, thank god for the first time we have victory and we make the rules. but the israelis are also claiming victory following the deadly eight-day conflict with hamas. hamas promised it would stop firing rockets into israel saving israel from having to launch a ground war. one israeli commander warns, though, his troops will be ready if needed. >> gaza will be a quiet place. if the terror organizations will reoperate from gaza, the future is war. >> reporter: president obama stood by israel during the fighting and still does. his administration is now planning to ask congress to increase funding for israel's missile defense system. the iron dome system
and hard to overcome sticking point. susan mcginnis is live in washington with more. >> reporter: those changes kick in if no alternative deal is made. as of now, both sides are still talking about their willingness to compromise, but when it comes to that main issue, raising tax rates, both sides are digging in. democratic senator dick durbin will give what's being called a major speech laying out a case for a bipartisan fiscal deal. he's a member of the senate's gang of eight, four democrats and four republicans who have collaborated on ways to reduce the nation's debt for two and a half years. democratic senator mark warner is part of the gang and says democrats are willing to put entitlements like medicaid and medicare on the negotiating table. >> the math just doesn't work anymore. not because the programs are bad, but because thank goodness, we're living a lot longer. >> reporter: republicans are also signaling they're more open to compromise. many in the house are distancing themselves from a no-tax increase pledge they signed. they say they'll agree to raising tax revenue by lim
corporations. he met with small business leaders yesterday. susan mcginnis is in washington. >> reporter: while the two sides remain deadlocked president obama is taking his case to the american people trying to drum up support. republicans are complaining that instead of being out campaigning he needs to sit down with them and work out a deal. it's a short drive up pennsylvania avenue from the capital to the white house but congressional republicans and president obama are getting farther apart in their effort to keep the nation from veering off the so-called fiscal cliff. a series of tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> seems like our friends on the other side is having difficulty turning off the campaign. >> reporter: the white house says the campaign gives the president support from the american people. >> the election was conclusive in terms of which path a majority of the american people want to take. >> reporter: president obama will try to build more support when he meets with middle class americans here in washington today. he'll ask them how the fiscal
. as susan mcginnis reports from capitol hill, democrats and republicans seem to be drifting apart again. >>> reporter: it's a short drive up pennsylvania avenue from the capital to the white house. but congressional republicans and president obama are getting farther apart in their efforts to keep the nation from veering off the so-called "fiscal cliff." a series of tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at the end of the year. >> seems like our friends on the other side are having some difficulty turning off the campaign. >> reporter: the white house says the campaign gives the president support from the american people. >> the election was conclusive in terms of which path a majority of americans want to take. >> reporter: president obama will try to build support when he meets with middle class americans here in washington today. he will ask them how the "fiscal cliff" could impact their lives. on tuesday, he invited small business owners into the oval as of to offer their ideas. >> they had one message for the president at the oval office, they need certainty. please get this de
to be demolished. susan mcginnis reports tonight investigators aren't sure what caused the fiery blast but the possible causes include a gas leak. >> reporter: the crews picked through the rubble of two homes leveled in an explosion in indianapolis. they're trying to determine what caused the powerful blast that killed two people and injured several others. >> the house probably felt like it moved a foot or so. and all we can do is get out of here. >> reporter: officials say the explosion damaged at least 80 homes and dozens are damaged enough that they may have to betorn down. the fiery blast around 11:00 saturday night left neighbors shocked. >> i was sitting here watching tv. the next thing you know a loud explosion, the whole house shook, things falling off of walls. >> reporter: 200 people were forced to evacuate while firefighters battled the flames that spread to other homes. this home is one of the homes that caught fire. people say they felt the blast as far as three miles away. >> the house felt like it was shaking. your chest was shaking. it just felt -- it's nothing that yo
on to romney headquarters up in boston where susan mcginnis is live and susan, governor romney's been very busy with election day. and that's sort of a break with tradition right? >> reporter: they do. mitt romney made a late decision derek to keep campaigning up until the 1 #th hour. he -- 11th hour. he did some campaigning in cleveland and then pittsburgh. he didn't want the lose the election without having done everything he possibly could. he decided to spend some time in states, in pittsburgh he was growthed by about 1,000 -- greeted by about 1,000 supporters. this is when you know you're going to win. >> speaking of whether or not he knows he's going to win, the numbers have not been looking so great for romney in the last couple of weeks. did you hear any wavering in the confidence that governor romney will rise up and take this thing? >> reporter: the party line from the romney camp is all optimistic. they are not wavering at all. the -- the lead is -- the lead is going to the president but it is razor thin. you know anybody lived through a lot of elections knows it could go either way
but the negotiations are moving very, very slowly. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the president is sending his top two negotiators to talk with lawmakers today about possible spending cuts. he's also getting ready to take his fiscal cliff message on the road. he'll try to convince the american people the best way to avoid the fiscal cliff is to extend the bush era tax cuts for the middle class. >> it's too important for washington to screw this up. >> reporter: president obama is putting pressure on congressional republicans and he's enlisting middle class americans in getting the gop to take action on taxes. >> when the american people speak loudly enough, lo and behold congress listens. >> reporter: tomorrow he'll host a campaign style event where he calls on lawmakers to extend the tax rates on families making less than $250,000 a year. once that's done they can work on other details such as spending cuts and changes to the tax code, medicare and medicaid. >> he's out there campaigning for his position. i get it. we understand
about september's deadly consulate attack in libya. susan mcginnis joins us now from washington to explain exactly what's happening today. susan, good morning. >> reporter: hi, good morning, frank. petraeus is here in the first of two hearings. he snuck into the first one without being seen by the press. lawmakers are already questioning him. they may be tempted it talk about the sex scandal but the focus is benghazi. they believe that petraeus has information about what happened there that no one else does. >>> reporter: former cia director david petraeus is headed to capitol hill this morning to talk about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. congressional leaders say he has a unique insight into the attack. >> director petraeus went to tripoli and interviewed many of the people as i understand it that were involved. >> reporter: house and senate intelligence committee members spent thursday interviewing top military and intelligence officials. they were also shown a video taken from surveillance cameras from the consulate and from drones flying overhead. >> it does b
that susan mcginnis with a look at where the campaign trail leads on this election eve. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. those swing states are what this whole thing is about in these last final days. final day now of course ohio is really in the spotlight today. this is "the" last day, election eve, for these two candidates to get their message out, squeeze hands, attack one another, air those ads, because after today, it's all up to the voters. >>> reporter: president obama did a little dance in cincinnati where stevie wonder introduced him. also at ohio, mitt romney talked about the president's chances of winning. >> it's possible but not likely. >> reporter: the candidates have been burning up jet fuel crisscrossing the country. on sunday, president obama was in new hampshire, florida, ohio and colorado. >> i know a bunch of you already voted. >> yeah! >> but if you haven't, there's still time. >> reporter: today, he will hit more swing states, wisconsin, iowa and ohio before heading home to chicago for election day. >> after all we've been through together, we can't give
's not -- there is not expected to be a big outcome impact. >> we'll find out tomorrow and results oners with. thank you, susan mcginnis live in d.c. be sure and stay with cbs 5 and cbssf.com for all your election coverage including live up-to-the-minute election night results from around the nation right here in california of course, the bay area, as well. >>> one week after superstorm sandy slammed the east coast, new york is getting many subways running again. that's good news for commuters who are still having trouble finding gas for their cars and generators. power is slowly being restored with about 1.4 million outages still reported. yesterday's scheduled new york marathon was canceled so many runners helped victims of sandy. >> these marathoners, they are not even neighbors, probably not even staten islanders. look what they are doing. great. >> people in staten island come out to cheer us on every year so the at least we can do is help them out. >> me weather forecast is not good for thousands who lost everything. there's another storm on the way with freezing temperatures. >>> our parent company, cbs corporat
in the u.s. takes center stage on capitol hill today. susan mcginnis joins us from washington where lawmakers are now demanding answers. >> reporter: they are. hey, michelle. yeah, the list of questions including who knew what and why, why wasn't congress told sooner and was national security compromised? the sex scandal that brought down david petraeus and is now enveloping another top u.s. general moves to capitol hill today. house intelligence leaders will ask fbi deputy director sean joyce and acting cia director michael morrell about the events that led to david petraeus' resignation as head of the spy agency. petreaus left the job when news of an affair with his biographer paula broadwell became public. >> did you have any indication that -- [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: tampa social ice jill kelley initiated the fbi investigation that led to david petraeus's resignation after receiving threatening e-mails linked to broadwell. kelly is connected to another general. america's top commander in afghanistan, general john allen. the pentagon is looking at more than 20,000 document
to investigate the attack on that u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. as susan mcginnis reports, former cia director david petraeus is now on the list of witnesses. >>> reporter: after calls by congressional leadership, former cia director david petraeus will testify before congress tomorrow about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> good luck, sir. >> thank you. >> reporter: petraeus was scheduled to testify today before a house intelligence committee but those plans changed after he resigned following his admission of an affair with his biographer, paula broadwell. benghazi is at the center of another capitol hill battle. senate republicans say they will not accept the nomination of u.n. ambassador susan rice as a replacement for secretary of state hillary clinton. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> reporter: senators john mccain and lindsey graham say rice was either lying or incompetent when she made this statement five days after the attack. >> we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplann
by rockets launched by the hamas. cbs reporter susan mcginnis has more on the attacks and efforts to encourage a cease-fire. >>> reporter: bombs shook gaza city awake monday morning. the israeli air force targeted another 80 sites during overnight and morning bombing. the military says it targeted weapons storage facilities and police stations. hamas says israel is killing civilians. this sixth day of air strike follows an israeli offense on sunday leading to the deadliest day of attacks yesterday. at least 29 palestinians were killed including four children when a bomb hit this apartment building. israeli officials say hamas is using civilian buildings as cover to launch rockets across the border. in tel aviv, people on the street ran for cover when sirens signaled an approaching rocket. israel's iron dome defense system has intercepted more than 240 rockets. during a trip to asia, president obama warned israel about expanding into a ground war but he defended israel's fighting back. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from out
in gaza. nearly half civilians. the death toll in israel is only 3. susan mcginnis has more on the continuing violence. >>> reporter: mosques in gaza issued the call for morning prayers today even as bombs and missiles rained down around them. the israeli military says it hit about 100 terror sites overnight, including the islamic national bank in gaza city that israel says it used to fund terror operations. hamas militants have launched more than 1,000 rockets into israel during this week-long battle. palestinian officials say 38 more people were killed monday including women and children. israel says it's time to minimize civilian casualties. >> the problem is the terrorists are hiding these rocket launchers deep inside civilian areas in mosques and schools and people's homes, firing them at our civilians. it's very hard to get to this equipment, but it's necessary. >> reporter: president obama is sending secretary of state hillary clinton to israel to help with cease-fire negotiations. she will arrive today and meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu tomorrow.
palestinians have been killed in gaza, nearly half civilians. the death toll in israel remains at 3. susan mcginnis has more on the continuing violence. >>> reporter: mosques in gaza issued the call for morning prayers today even as bombs and missiles rained down around them. the israeli military says it hit about 100 terror sites overnight, including the islamic national bank in gaza city that israel says it used to fund terror operations. hamas militants have launched more than 1,000 rockets into israel during this week-long battle. palestinian officials say 38 more people were killed monday including women and children. israel says it's time to minimize civilian casualties. >> the problem is the terrorists are hiding these rocket launchers deep inside civilian areas in mosques and schools and people's homes, firing them at our civilians. it's very hard to get to this equipment, but it's necessary. >> reporter: president obama is sending secretary of state hillary clinton to israel to help with cease-fire negotiations. she will arrive today and meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu
bombing last week. here's susan mcginnis with more. >>> reporter: a bomb destroyed a bus in tel aviv, israel, wednesday. the blast blew out the windows and wounded at least 10 people. investigators don't yet know if the bombing is connected to the battle being waged in the gaza strip. hamas and israel continue their aerial assault on each other. hamas has launched more than 200 rockets in the past 24 hours and israel bombed dozens of targets overnight. >> we are in a battle to save lives. >> reporter: israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu met with secretary of state hillary clinton tuesday night. he says israel is hoping for a peaceful end to the fighting. >> if there's a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to had problem through diplomatic means, we prefer that. >> reporter: clinton assured israel of u.s. support. >> the rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside gaza on israeli cities and towns must end. >> reporter: secretary clinton met with palestinian leader mahmoud abbas this morning and will meet with egyptian president mohamed morsi later today. >> the
of gaza where air strikes have killed more than 160 people in the past eight days. cbs reporter susan mcginnis reports more work needs to be done if this truce is going to have staying power. >>> reporter: shops are re- opening and clean-up is under way in gaza. the city suffered massive damage during a bloody eight- day rocket war between israel and hamas. under the cease-fire agreement, hamas promises to stop firing rockets. israel says it will end air strikes and will ease border restrictions that have stifled gaza's economy for years. israeli troops that had been poised for a possible ground war pulled back this morning. in tel aviv, most israelis were also happy to hear the news. >> i would like to believe that not fighting will always do more good than fighting. but i'm very happy to hear that. >> reporter: egypt's new islamist government was the driving force behind the negotiations to end the conflict with diplomatic help from secretary of state hillary clinton. clinton spent two days shuttling between jerusalem, the west bank and cairo. >> people of this region deserve the chance to l
than 160 people in the past eight days. those attacks are now over at least for now. but as susan mcginnis reports, a lot more work needs to be done if this truce is going to last. >>> reporter: shops are re- opening and clean-up is under way in gaza. the city suffered massive damage during a bloody eight- day rocket war between israel and hamas. under the cease-fire agreement, hamas promises to stop firing rockets. israel says it will end air strikes and will ease border restrictions that have stifled gaza's economy for years. israeli troops that had been poised for a possible ground war pulled back this morning. in tel aviv, most israelis were also happy to hear the news. >> i would like to believe that not fighting will always do more good than fighting. but i'm very happy to hear that. >> reporter: egypt's new islamist government was the driving force behind the negotiations to end the conflict with diplomatic help from secretary of state hillary clinton. clinton spent two days shuttling between jerusalem, the west bank and cairo. >> people of this region deserve the chance to live fre
the board budget cuts will automatically kick in. susan mcginnis has more on today's efforts to get democrats and republicans a little closer together. >>> reporter: president obama will begin a media blitz this week highlighting his efforts to steer clear of the "fiscal cliff." he will first meet with small business owners at the white house today. at the other end of pennsylvania avenue, fellow democrat senator dick durbin will give what's being called a major speech laying out a case for a bipartisan deal. durbin's a member of the senate's gang of 8, four democrats and four republicans who have collaborated on ways to reduce the nation's debt for 2 1/2 year. democratic senator mark warner is also in the gang and says democrats are willing to put entitlements like medicaid and medicare on the negotiating table. >> the math just doesn't work anymore not because the programs are bad but because thank goodness we're living a lot longer. >> reporter: republicans are also signalling they are more open to compromise. they say they will agree to rais
hit a hamas center as more rockets rain down on israel. susan mcginnis is following it all. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the white house says secretary clinton will not meet with hamas while she's in the region. for now, the head of the u.n. is trying to get both sides to hold their fire without success. mosques in gaza issued the prayer for morning prayers today, even as bombs and missiles rained down around them. the israeli military says it hit about 100 terror sites overnight, including the islamic national bank in gaza city that israel says is used to fund terror operations. hamas militants have launched more than a thousand rockets into israel during this week-long battle. palestinian officials say 38 more people were killed monday, including women and children. israel says it's trying to minimize civilian casualties. >> the problem is the terrorists are hiding these rocket launchers deep inside civilian areas and mosques and schools and people's homes, firing them at our civilians. it's very hard to get to this equipment, but it's necessary. >> reporter:
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